I read this yesterday, and I can see both sides. I see how releasing the photos is inflammatory and will arouse not only anger, but grief.
However, the people who have been tortured, have already told "the enemy" about their abuse and "the enemy" already KNOWS. They have already been reinforced in their positions, through their own intelligence and the reports from their own.
So, who is going to be "inflammed" really? The only people who do NOT know what happened, who will be informed for the first time, are Americans and the rest of the world.
The enemy is not sitting around campfires, sharing stories of abuse with Americans and the world. They're sharing their stories with eachother, and those who have been abused go to their relatives and friends. Why in the world would they really bother to tell Americans when they were abused by those in positions of authority, who were Americans.
There is no way for there to be a full accounting for what happened, without the release of the photos.
Taking responsibility for ones actions means allowing what has happened, to come to light, and then making reparation for damages. It is wrong for the U.S. to withhold this evidence from the world. While the damage from release may be temporary, to NOT release these photos would be a greater harm. It means "the enemy" can point to the family and friends who tell their stories and continue to talk about how the U.S. is a country of liars and hypocrites. It means the U.S. offenders "get off easy" for what they did. It means there is no cautionary tale for the future, to remind U.S. workers what will happen if they cross the line.
There are people in the U.S. who abuse their positions of authority, against other Americans. One doesn't have to be a "terrorist". I am one example of an American who has been on the end of abuse by U.S. workers who abuse their positions and authority. It's no secret that these things happen, but to cover it up is a greater sin than even the first offense.
Accountability means those who were in charge of handling these wayward U.S. workers, are willing to take the lash and sting of the consequence if there is a price to pay.
If there is a price to pay, it must be paid. Refusing to do so will only cost much more in the future.
It is not enough to apologize or try to push something forward without making reparation for the past. It is not enough.
I know, in my circumstances, so much wrong has been done, they don't care. The people responsible for damages to me and my son don't care to be held accountable. They might, some, feel a little "sorry", but they're not willing to come clean and do what it takes to stand up, on your feet, off of the porfolio under your ass, and
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I consider it to be a sign of weakness for Obama to accept the recommended establishment position in this matter. Sometimes, it is not just the one who committed the offense who must be willing to concede, but also those who are part of the community and who are above those whose charge they keep.
I side with the ACLU, that there must evidence of accountability. That means you don't try to sidestep responsibility or the full consequence for what's been done. To do less means you're saying sorry while shuffling the mess under the rug and telling those who suffered to "move on". I think what the U.S. might not want, has nothing to do with inflaming "the enemy" but in trying to sidestep lawsuits.
If photos come out of the evidence, into the public eye, there are some Americans even who have sued for damages or have suffered abuse and it shows that the U.S. IS capable of abuse or some of the people have carried out atrocities.
It's avoiding lawsuits. I don't think it has anything to do with not wanting to "anger" the enemy.
I realized, when I was on the East Coast, that there WERE some people who KNEW what had happened to me and my son when I was reporting the hacking on my computers, and other electrical and telephonic problems in addition to whatever was triggering seizure and harm not to just me but my son.
Someone knows, but for the very same reason these photos are withheld, they do not want full accountability. There is no real repentance.